EACC on the lookout for motorists seeking to bribe NTSA officers

By: SAMUEL KARANJA

Motorists who attempt to bribe the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) enforcement officers when found breaking traffic laws will be arrested.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja said the agency and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have launched an operation to arrest such motorists.

He said the transport agency is concerned over numerous attempts by motorists, especially public service vehicle operators, to bribe its officers to avoid arrest.

“Motorists are warned against engaging in corrupt activities since EACC and NTSA officers are on the lookout,” he said in a statement Thursday.

Mr Meja’s warning followed the arrest of an official of a matatu Sacco who attempted to offer a Sh10,000 bribe to one of NTSA’s enforcement officers.

The Lira Line Sacco official failed to stop after he was flagged down by the officer for speeding along the southern by-pass near Kibera.

“The Sacco officials were contacted by NTSA enforcement officers in order to have the culpable public service vehicle undergo speed compliance inspection at the Likoni Road Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit,” said Mr Meja.

To avoid the inspection, the Sacco official attempted to bribe the officer.

Mr Meja said NTSA called in the anti-corruption agency and arrested the matatu official in a joint operation.

He said the Sacco official would be charged once the EACC liaises with the office of Director of Public Prosecutions.

“EACC and NTSA are working closely on mechanisms to curb corruption on our roads. Therefore, motorists are warned against engaging in corrupt activities,” he said.

He said NTSA staff are under strict instructions not to be compromised in any way as they offer services to the public.